By Rotimi Odofin


Kogi State Governor Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has charged contractors to always engage local artisans in the execution of projects across the State.

Governor Ododo gave the charge on Tuesday shortly after inspecting Okuhapa Bridge, Obangede Okaito Ihima road in Okehi Local Government of the State.

He emphasised that engaging local artisans in jobs will help reduce insecurities across the Country.

The Governor, however, commended TEC Engineering for a job well done, assuring them that they will fulfil the agreement on Wednesday.

“The Government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has done a 32 year development plan for Kogi State to further strengthen the renewed hope agenda of Mr President of no room for project abandonment.

“In line with our campaign promises of consolidation and continuity of the achievement of his excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the former Governor of Kogi State, we are here to inspect this Obangede, Okaito, Usungwe road construction and with what I have seen here today, I am impressed with the level of work done and the quality so far.

” Let me tell Nigerians that something unique has happened here today. TEC Engineering engaged local artisans and contractors up to 80 per cent. I can see welders here, iron benders, labourers, brick layers and all are here doing this project. This has further helped in solving the problem of insecurities we are having as far as this Country is concerned.

“I want to use this medium to appreciate TEC engineering for this singular act. I urge every other contractor to emulate this company by engaging our brothers and sisters who are ready to take the job with them. With this, we have solved the issue of insecurity in our Country by 80 per cent” he stated.

He maintained that the government alone can’t do it alone, adding that there is a need for collaboration and understanding to address the issue of insecurities in the Country.

Governor Ododo equally appreciated the host communities for their support and understanding since the project was awarded to the company.

According to him, ” I could remember that when this project was awarded, somebody made a statement that the Government is going and this road is being awarded. That day, the former Governor our leader who was winding down his administration told the world that nothing can stop this project.

” You can see for yourself that we are here to inspect this project to ensure value for our money. In accounting, this is what we call an on-the-spot check. There was no arrangement or communication with the company that we were coming to inspect this project. We are here and they are on sight working day and night. By the special Grace of God almighty, their payment has been approved and as of tomorrow each contractor will receive their funds”.

Governor Ododo promised to complete all the projects started by the previous administration in the State. “We were given a mandate to serve humanity not to be served. We were given a mandate of trust to our people and not to take from them. We are committed to serving you continuously. We need your cooperation and understanding to serve you better in Kogi State” he added.

The Governor and his team also inspected the GYB model Science Secondary School Ogaminana in Adavi Local Government Area of the State.



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